Pumas vs Atlas live: 2021 Liga MX Apertura semi-final: stats, score and highlights
Fabio Alvarez missed a chance to tie the game
Club Atlas went on the road to defeat Pumas UNAM at the estadio Olímpico Universitario in the first leg of the semi-final of the 2021 Liga MX Apertura campaign. Julio Furch scored a solo goal to give the visiting side the lead. Thanks for watching the minute-by-minute with AS.com and we will be back on Sunday for the second leg at the Estadio Jalisco.
Free-kick for Pumas this will be the last one of the match.
What an amazing save from Camilo Vargas to keep the clean sheet after a a great shot inside the box from Higor Meritão.
Third substitution for Atlas. Franco Troyansky comes in replacing Julio Furch.
Seven minutes added of stoppage time.
Higor Meritão attempts a left footed shot from the distance, but the ball goes over the crossbar.
Great cross from the right flank and Dinenno dives to header the ball, but Santamaría was able to get a touch on the ball to clear the danger.
Another substitution for Atlas. Julian Quiñonez comes out and he is replaced by Christopher Trejo.
Triple substitution for Pumas. Saucedo, Lopez and Corozo come out and they are replaced by Jose de Oliveira Melo, Higor Meritão and Diogo.
Substitution for Atlas! Jeremy Marquez comes out and he is replaced by Edgar Zaldivar.
Atlas is dominating the possession of the ball as the match comes to an end.
Pumas is lost and can't find a clear opportunity to score the equalizer. Atlas is dooing a great job in coontroling the match.
Nothing happened in the corner kick and Pumas failed to build up their counter attack.
Corner kick for Atlas.
Great play from Atlas that ends on Barbosa's foot and he one-time hit the ball inside the box, but his powerful shot ended in Talavera's hands. The visiting side is closer to score the second one of the night.
Atlas attempts another cross to find Julio Furch inside the box, but Pumas' goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera was able to intercept the ball.
NO WAY! Great set piece from Pumas and Fabio Alvarez' volley inside the box went over the crossbar.
Free-kick for Pumas near the goal!
Santamaría is booked! The first one of the match after tackling Washington Corozo.
Atlas almost scored the second one of the night! Julio Furch is playing brilliantly and started the dangerous counter attack for the visiting side. Torres received the ball on the left flank and he shot before entering the box, but it barely went wide.
No harm no foul! Another miss opportunity from Pumas after the set piece.
Free-kick for Pumas after a tackle against Dinenno.
We are back for the second half! Pumas looking to tie the game as soon as possible.
The referee is checking the play and we are waiting to know if its a penalty or not.
What a great play from Saucedo, who enters the box and was able to dribble past Marquez and the defender from Atlas takes him down. The referee gave a penalty kick in favor of Pumas after the play and the VAR is checking the play.
Three minutes added of stoppage time.
GOL! GOLAZO! GOAL! Julio Furch scores the first one of the night! The striker from Atlas makes a powerful right footed shot from outside the box to find the back of the net!
What a great solo play from Anderson Santamaría and before entering the box he made a shot from the distance, but Pumas' goalkeeper was able to control the ball easily.
Third corner kick for Pumas and another miss opportunity to score from the set piece.
Corner kick for Pumas after a great solo play by Saucedo.
Saucedo makes a good solo play down the left flank and with two defenders on him, he was able to pass the ball to Washington Corozo, but once again a defender from Atlas anticipated the ball to clear the danger,
The VAR is checking the tackle from 'Chispa' Velarde against Torres, but the referee has decided it is not a red card and the game will resume.
What a great bicycle kick from Julián Quiñones inside the box, but the shot ended up in the hands of Pumas' captain Alfredo Talavera.
Another great cross from Pumas down the right flank, but the goalkeeper Camilo Vargas anticipated the play to control de ball.
Corozo gives Fabio Alvarez a great through ball and as he was entering the box Santa Maria kicked the ball out! Pumas had a corner kick in their favor, but once again the defenders from Atlas cleared the danger.
Great run from down the right flank from Fabio Alvarez and he tried to send a low cross to Dinenno, but a defender from Atlas was able to clear the danger.
This is the first time in seventeen years that Atlas plays a semi-final game.
Back-to-back opportunities for the visiting side! This time Barbosa sent a low cross from the right flank to Furch, but a defender from Pumas anticipated the ball and cleared it.
Luis Reyes runs down the left flank and makes a good cross to Julio Furch, but the striker from Atlas jumped to early and missed the ball.
Good defensive move by Alan Mozo to stop the play from the rival.
And away we go! The first leg of the semi-final between Pumas UNAM and FC Atlas has started at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario.
Against all odds, Atlas eliminated ‘Rayados’ in the two-legged tie to book their place in the next round. In the first leg the game ended in a scoreless draw, but Atlas held the advantage going into the second match because they finished in second place during the regular season.
The Liga MX Apertura semi-finals are upon us. In the two-legged games, Pumas UNAM face Atlas after the side from Guadalajara beat Monterrey on away goals.
Tigres UANL have booked their place in the other semi-final, running out 1-0 winners over Santos Laguna. Club León beat Puebla 2-0 to advance to the semi-final.
Dating back to the 1950s when professionalism kicked in, one of the original sides, Club América, lead the way on titles. They have featured in 23 finals and won 13 of them, the most recent of which came in Apertura 2018. Behind Las Águilas come Guadalajara with 12 wins from 21 finals, while Toluca have 10 championships to their name, although haven't seen glory for over a decade.
On other Liga MX news:
Hernan Cristante failed in his second stint as manager of Toluca and the bosses decided to part ways with him after they lost to Pumas UNAM 2-1 in the Wildcard game of the Liga MX 2021 Apertura campaign. A few weeks after the tough elimination they announced that Ignacio Ambriz had reached an agreement to return to Mexico and take over the managerial job for the next tournament.
On other Liga MX news:
Rodolfo Pizarro became Inter Miami’s first designated player and he was supposed to lead the franchise to make a push for the MLS Cup in 2020. Unfortunately he had a hard time adapting to the league and in his first season he only scored four goals and provided five assists in 17 appearances.
Club América may have been brushed aside in the quarter finals by a ruthless Pumas UNAM side who fought back from going a goal behind, and they will therefore not have a chance to add to their record 23 finals played in, 13 of which they were victorious.
Instead we will see either Atlas or Pumas UNAM and one of Tigres UANL or Club León reaching this year’s showpiece final. Atlas, it should be noted, have made it to only four finals before, winning a single title back in the 1950/51 season. Compared to the other three semi-finalists they are some way behind historically.
Against all the odds, Pumas UNAM defeated Club América in the quarter-finals of the Liga MX 2021 Apertura tournament. The first leg was played at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario and it ended with a scoreless draw, but the home side was better throughout the 90 minutes.
They continued to show dominance in the second leg at the Estadio Azteca and outclassed Las Águilas 3-1 with a brace from Washington Corozo and a solo goal from Higor Meritão. With this result they are now serious contenders to win the Liga MX trophy, but first they must defeat the No 2 seed of the campaign, Club Atlas, in the semi-final.
Hello and welcome to the preview and play by play of Pumas vs Atlas, semifinal game that will be played Thursday December 2nd at Estadio Olimpico Universitario on Mexico City.